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Old 03-27-2019, 06:52 PM   #1
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2013 f150 Realistic towing

2013 Ford f150 STX, super cab, SWB, 3.31 gear ratio. Tow rating 8100 pounds. I have the factory tow package... but I don't think that adds anything to the towing capacity. Also have factory brake controller.

What do you think is the max camper UVW I should look at towing with this truck? Opinions please.
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Which engine and what is the payload capacity?
The payload capacity is on the Tire and Loading sticker on the driver door.
It'll say "Occupants and Cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs"
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Old 03-27-2019, 07:04 PM   #3
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Which engine and what is the payload capacity?
The payload capacity is on the Tire and Loading sticker on the driver door.
It'll say "Occupants and Cargo should not exceed xxxxlbs"
Meant to include.. it's a 5.0L v8. Payload 2589.Click image for larger version

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With that payload of 2589, you've actually got a very well equipped F150 to handle a larger trailer's tongue weight.

If you have the factory brake controller and proper tow package, you could find a trailer with a GVWR of about 7500 and still have plenty of payload to spare.

7500 x 15% (tongue weight) = A tongue weight of 1,125

2589 - 1125 = 1464 worth of capacity for people and gear in the bed of the truck.

For comparison, the F250 in my signature has a payload capacity of 2766 (my old 2011 F150 Crewcab, 4x4 Ecoboost had 1529). I was on cloud 9 to get 1200+ more payload.

To keep things safe and stable, I wouldn't want to go with a trailer more than 30' total in length. The trailer in my signature is 29'7" and that was plenty long for the 145" F150 wheelbase.

The F250 with 156" wheelbase and higher payload was a welcomed upgrade.

Your F150 is a good one.
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Sounds like you stumbled on to one of the rare heavy duty payload packages almost 3/4 ton
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Old 03-27-2019, 08:52 PM   #6
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I had a '13 f150 with 3.31 and ecoboost engine. I towed a 6800 lb, 32' long passport. Honestly it struggled on basic hills due to the axle rating. I got a 16' f150 ecoboost with 3.55 and max tow package. Gears made a huge difference. From that experience I would look for something less than 28' and 6500 lbs. This isn't a payload thing, it's a 5.0/3.31 issue IMO. Can it tow more? Sure, however it was slow going and shifted a lot. Needed 3rd gear to go up even 3-4% grades. This is from personal experience with a 13, and same gears.
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:09 PM   #7
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Well I wouldn't go by UVW, but I would be comfortable towing a 8100 pound loaded camper with 1000 pounds on the tongue with that truck. Most trailers are limited by what axles are under them. Common axles have a 3500 pound rating so 2 of them makes for a bunch of 7000 pound rated trailers. Actually they will be ratied something like 7650 pounds GVWR with 650 pounds being carried by the tongue. This is probably the size you will be looking at, the UVW will be around 5-6000 pounds. The next step up seems to be trailers with about a 10,000 pound GVWR which will be 7-8000 pounds UVW. This would be too much. Good news is there are 100's of campers in that 7300-8000 pound GVWR class that will be perfect.
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That payload sticker is from a 2009, how about one from the actual truck .... ?
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:52 PM   #9
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Old 03-27-2019, 09:54 PM   #10
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OP's truck also has a 5.4 Modular V8 engine.
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